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We all enjoy going on vacation, but very few of us enjoy the packing process. It requires a balance of having everything you need without overpacking. In order to get what we need into one bag, sometimes it can feel like not everything will fit. But if you follow the suitcase packing tips below, you’ll be able pack a suitcase for every trip, pain free.
Step 1: Create a list. Lists are great for visualization. When you write down everything you need, it’s easier to see how much you should bring. One easy trick is to check the weather for your destination while you’re packing. That way you can prepare one appropriate outfit for each day without overpacking. You can also try the 5-4-3-2-1 Rule:
The more you can mix and match your outfits to reduce the number of belongings even further, the better. Don’t forget to pack the list as well so you can make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
Step 2: Pick your suitcase. Hard-shell rolling suitcase, duffel bags, satchels and backpacks — there are so many types of bags to choose from when you’re packing. When you select the bag you want, consider how long you’ll be away. A weekend trip may only need a backpack while a trip of a week away or longer will require a much larger bag. If you’re planning on flying with a carry-on bag, keep in mind that airlines include wheels in the height of your bag. Lastly, check the weight of your bag before you start packing. Many airlines have a 50 lb. weight limit, but some will only allow bags lighter than that.
Step 3: Pack it tightly. One way to keep your clothes compact is to roll them. Packing cubes also help keep everything in order. Place socks, underwear and other small items in shoes to use the space to your benefit. Then utilize the bag’s outside pockets for belongings that don’t fit on the inside.
Step 4: Pack heaviest to lightest. Place items such as shoes, sweaters and pants at the end of the bag nearest the wheels. Then stack the rest of the rolled clothes on top in order of type or outfit. Any items that can wrinkle can lay across the top.
Step 5: Don’t pack your bulkiest items – wear them. If you find that you’re running out of room in your bag, remember: your first day of your trip and your last day are travel days, so those clothes don’t need to go in the bag. Make your heavy, bulky clothing part of your travel outfit since airlines don’t weigh the clothing you’re wearing.
If you find yourself on an extended trip, you have the option of storing your belongings in a storage unit in Decatur and Jonesboro with Storage World. We offer convenient features such as climate-controlled storage, student storage and car storage so you don’t have to leave your vehicle in the driveway while you’re gone.